Posted by: 3-E-6 | December 1, 2011

The Abandoned Genius

The fresh news of the passing of Apple’s chairman, Steve Jobs, was sad and shocking. Jobs, who is in the same league as Newton or Einstein, was truly a man who changed the way we humans live. He was one of the few men who revolutionized the world with his mind and vision. And because of this, he was and will continue to be one of the most successful people in the world.

But, how true is that? Was Jobs always successful throughout his career? The answer is…No. And in the book, “Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson”, the only official biography of Jobs, we go into depth of Jobs entire life. The book, which starts off from before he was born and ends where Steve is fighting his sickness, talks about almost everything he faced and with this, the difficulties he faced. We read about his lifelong trauma of being given away at birth, his childhood, his short college life, how he made Apple, and so much more. I cannot list even half of the topics this book covers and this shows how elaborate the content is.

There are just so many interesting details in the book that baffle the readers. Did you know that Jobs, a genius, never graduated college? He enrolled at a prestigious liberal arts college in Oregon- Reed College- but dropped out after a mere few months. Jobs, who had been cunning but selfish from childhood, rejected taking classes that he had no interest in. After being irritated with the amount of required classes and realizing he was wasting his parents’ income on the ridiculously high tuition, Jobs just quit college. He went on with his life as a drop-out and successfully made the world’s most valuable company, Apple.

Also, Jobs was a man that believed not in Christianity, but Zen and Buddhism. In the fourth chapter of the book we read of how Jobs, after dropping out of Reed, went to New Dheli, India, to pursue his spiritual path and how at one point, he even considered coming to Japan to pursue Zen. Jobs interest in these religions is actually shown in Apple’s products. The simplicity and user-friendliness of the ipod and iphone come from how Zen emphasizes the “nothingness”.

The book talks of many more things like the ones I have listed above and if these interest you even a little bit, I strongly recommend reading the book. It is not an easy or short read as it has some technical terms and accumulates to over 600 pages, but the author does a beautiful job of making sure it is fast-paced and keeping the reader’s attention. It is over 600 pages and heavy but when you think about how the book attempt to sum up Steve Jobs’s entire life, it would not do the justice if it was even a word shorter.

This book continues to interest me with Job’s roller-coaster life and how he succeeded despite the difficulties he faced. It has so many interesting details that it is hard to put down.

The book shows a whole new dimension to life and I say this again, but I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has interest in Steve Jobs or the dramatic lives of geniuses.

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